Federalism, Education and the Common Good

The final seminar in the series entitled "Federalism, Education Provision and the Common Good" was held in Sydney in May 2012.  This timely seminar featured three speakers of vast experience.


Professor Alan Reid AM from the School of Education at the University of South Australia examined the concept of public education and its purposes. 


Br Kelvin Canavan fms AM, Executive Director Emeritus, Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Sydney, addressed the topic on the particular experience and contribution of Catholic education, and drew our attention to the historical legacy of Gough Whitlam's reforms in the area of school funding.  The video below includes a short audio of The Hon. Gough Whitlam addressing a public meeting in Sydney Town Hall in 1969 regarding the issue of school funding.


Mr Bill Daniels, Executive Director of the Independent Schools Council of Australia discussed the contribution of Independent schools to the common good and the role they play in Australia's education landscape.


Photo of seminar presenters


A lively discussion followed the seminar presentations.  We are very grateful to the seminar hosts, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. 




 Br Kelvin Canavan fms








Mr Bill Daniels speaking notes


Visit the main Federalism and Australian Schooling page for other seminars and the project papers.


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